The first Red Scare that began a century ago with the Palmer Raids wasn’t rooted in irrational hysteria. The government agencies that carried out the raids had an unambiguous goal: to destroy the radical left in the United States.
Ahmed White is a professor of law at the University of Colorado-Boulder and the author of The Last Great Strike: Little Steel, the CIO, and the Struggle for Labor Rights in New Deal America.
Eighty years ago, striking workers in Chicago were shot down by police. It transformed the course of labor rights in the US.